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As a gymnastics coach, two chronic conditions we see frequently with athletes who are going through a growth spurt are Osgood-Schlatter (knee) and Severs (heel). While these conditions are very painful, many athletes can continue workouts (at varying intensities as directed by their doctors), especially when they are managed properly through physical therapy exercises and using support such as KT Tape.
KT Tape has revolutionized the way we tape our athletes – and in many cases, it is easy enough for the athletes to tape themselves – depending on what area of the body that needs to be taped and their level of proficiency in taping.
The KT Tape website is actually a resource I keep bookmarked as they have detailed videos on how to use and tape a wide variety of injuries/body parts and they also have printable instruction sheets for most of their videos, too. We have printed out most of them and keep them in a binder at the coach’s desk at the gym.
With growth related injuries, KT Tape can often help relieve the symptoms as well as help the healing process (in many, but not all cases). It is always recommended to combine rest (or reduced activity) with icing to maximize relief.
As with all injuries, consult with your healthcare professional first, but I truly believe that an educated athlete who can actively participate in their treatment plan will be back on the field of play more confidently.